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Benson Henderson Recovering After Knee Surgery

Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson prefers to remain active.

But major knee surgery has left the former UFC champion on the sidelines since last December.

Henderson (24-7) told MMAjunkie recently that he had surgery to repair his ACL, MCL and two meniscus in his knee, all of which he had going into a December meeting with Michael Chandler for the Bellator lightweight title.

“(The injury occurred) about two months before the Andrey Koreshkov fight, actually, but I didn’t feel like it really affected my performance,” Henderson said. “I don’t make excuses. It didn’t affect any of my performances. I was able to be smart about it and train the way I wanted to for all my fights. But for the Chandler fight, it had got worse and worse and worse. Just gradually it got worse, and I wasn’t able to do certain things.”

Henderson remains hopeful for a return to action before the calendar year ends.

“My surgeon has said nine to 12 months because it wasn’t just the ACL; it was ACL, MCL and meniscus,” Henderson said. “Because it’s everything it was, he recommends a longer layoff so I can do my due diligence with the rehab and all that stuff. He says nine to 12 months, but I’m a little bit more optimistic than that with me being the fighter I am. I’m a little bit more risky, so we’ll see.”

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